Felony Disenfranchisement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Published on:  9/9/2018
  • Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this — surprise — is Florida.

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  • OtakuOran Gaming (Sep 10, 2018)

    Is it not weird to anybody else that a Governor is responsible for deciding who can and cannot vote, especially when that decision is based on his own personal opinion.

  • Chef Savage (Apr 2, 2019)

    +Percival Dagoc "I don't feel comfortable answering that question"Isn't it your fucking job to answer that question, dude?

  • Fear Raiser (Mar 18, 2019)

    I was the like that made this comment have 1k. I’m overly proud of myself! What is wrong with me!

  • The amendment just got passed

  • Jay Ocq (Apr 12, 2019)

    +Chris Read wrong! That what doesn't take into account priors! You fool!

  • Temple ODoom (Apr 7, 2019)

    Hooray now i can return to Florida with no guilt

  • Casimir Guitars (Sep 14, 2018)

    I find it braindead that to legally gain your voting rights back you have to appear before a board that does not work with the legal system.

  • Sam (Apr 4, 2019)

    A board run by a man who will be acutely aware of the likelihood the disproportionately high number of black people he judges will vote for him. Sometimes America out-muricas itself. This is one of those times. Like the judge who got paid to send kids to jail.

  • Mary Rose Kent (Mar 1, 2019)

    Espeonage the Espeon Spy I concur.

  • darickf (Sep 11, 2018)

    "There's no standards. So we can make any decision we want."Sounds perfectly fair to me ... assuming you live in a totalitarian dictatorship where human rights have been declared illegal. Btw ... asking if you go to church is a blatant violaion of the first amendment which gives you the right to choose any religion you like including none at all.

  • Tiny Bubble (Jan 4, 2019)

    +Susan Williams EXACTLY! It's terrifying that our original reason to be a free country (taxation without representation) has gone out the window.

  • Susan Williams (Jan 2, 2019)

    I am not from the US, but your seperation of church and state has always puzzled me, when it is something you objectively don't have, and yet love to pretend you do. To me it seems obvious that it means that religion should have no influence in how laws are made and enforced, and a person's religion should not make a difference to how a person is treated, beyond a few reasonable accommodations. Laws should not be made to restrict specific religious practices that would otherwise be legal, and religion ...

  • huber7777 (Nov 8, 2018)

    Good news everybody, Florida passed the amendment and 1.4 million felons can now vote again!

  • Aaron B (Mar 25, 2019)

    +Chris D They can vote for the amendment that makes all their felonious activity legal and all felons from everywhere will move there. That was easy.

  • Chris D (Mar 25, 2019)

    Aaron B- what happens when the felons outnumber the non felons in Florida?

  • who8myfish (Sep 10, 2018)

    Asking weather or not they go to church should be 101% illegal. He should be charged with abuse of power, the man is obviously discriminating based on religion.

  • Lenita A (4 days ago)

    +CJ J 😲😂😂😍

  • matt carnes (Oct 22, 2018)

    To be honest getting your right to vote back should be automatic you already did your time and shouldn’t have some politicians deciding if you can vote again that seems like a conflict of interest

  • millieo (Sep 18, 2018)

    I wonder what color skin gets the most restoration of civil rights.

  • Liliana Bray (Feb 26, 2019)

    Sad, but yeah... That was my immediate thought, especially on watching the case of the guy now running the rehab centre getting rejected.

  • majiks s (Feb 24, 2019)

    +Michael Robins fuck you you racist piece of shit

  • monsterfurby (Sep 12, 2018)

    German prisons actively encourage and enable people to vote (only way to get disenfranchised is treason and electoral fraud, apparently, and those sanctions are always time-limited). In my opinion, that's the right way to go about it. Voting gives people a stake in the society they live in. It makes them consider the kind of country they want to see. And being at the mercy of the state to a particularly high degree makes it even more important for those imprisoned to be able to vote.

  • Julie Kelliher (Feb 17, 2019)

    +MrDecessus americans love to hate americans

  • Julian Doser (Jan 16, 2019)

    Very interesting, I didn't know yet, even though I live in Germany.

  • Steven Mamba (Sep 11, 2018)

    Wish mainstream media would cover such issues. Issues that affect real lives not the Trump garbage they cover 24/7

  • outlawX357 (Oct 8, 2018)

    to be fair trump gives them enough in tweets alone to cover on a daily basis

  • Christina Cope (Sep 25, 2018)

    +Random User I may have watched that episode since I try to catch John Oliver's show since he started on HBO. Cut cord, watch here on YouTube. I remember the Sinclair nonsense, they destroyed the news team I loved in Cincinnati when they took over so I jo longer watch. They looked miserable reading those scripts last I watched them. No more fun in the morning had by them.

  • Battle5star (Sep 14, 2018)

    Just because some is a convicted felon doesn't necessarily make them a criminal. My dad refused the draft for Vietnam as a conscientious objector and had to go to prison. So now he is a convicted felon and can't vote even if he wanted to. Human governments are inept, cruel, and untrustworthy.

  • papson85 (Mar 26, 2019)

    +diana moon glampers you are so stupid to believe is that simple

  • Hyper Ludicrous (Nov 19, 2018)

    Let's add all the people wrongly convicted of crimes. It happens all the time.